• Melina Rauter

Eyes of the world are on Boris Johnson's constituency

Updated: Jul 7

THE eyes of the world are on Uxbridge and South Ruislip today as its MP Boris Johnson is set to resign as Conservative Party leader.

It is believed that Mr Johnson will address the nation later today but it’s not completely clear at this point if he will stay on as Prime Minister or leave Downing Street immediately.

Here, the Hillingdon Herald takes a brief look at his time in his constituency where he was first elected in 2015.

Captured by Nivedita Bhushan

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, born in New York City, U.S, on June 19, 1964, was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 24, 2019.

This followed Theresa May’s resignation as PM and leader of the Conservative Party after Parliament repeatedly rejected her Brexit withdrawal agreement.

On May 16, 2019, Mr Johnson declared he would run for the Conservative Party leadership election and on June 7, Mr. Johnson formally launched his campaign saying: “We must leave the EU on 31 October. We must do better than the current Withdrawal Agreement that has been rejected three times by Parliament—and let me clear that I am not aiming for a no-deal outcome. I don't think that we will end up with any such thing. But it is only responsible to prepare vigorously and seriously for no deal."

Mr Johnson was then appointed PM following the results of the 2019 leadership election where he received 114 votes in the first ballot of party MPs, 126 in the next, 143 on the third, and 157 on the fourth. He gained 160 votes in the final ballot, which was held on June 20, becoming one of the two finalists alongside Jeremy Hunt.

The members' vote ended on July 22. The next day, Mr Johnson defeated Jeremy Hunt for the position of leader with 92,153 votes (66 percent) to 46,656 votes (34 percent ).

Before his premiership, Mr Johnson served as MP for Henley in 2001 to 2008. Then, as Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016 and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2016 to 2018, appointed by Theresa May. However he resigned and by doing so, Mr Johnson returned to the role of a backbench MP.

Mr Johnson returned to Parliament running for office again in 2015, winning the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat in West London in a vote that saw the Conservative Party achieve a clear majority for the first time since the 1990s.

PM's visit to West London Institute of Technology, captured by Liz Driscoll at Uxbridge College

Since then, with two more general elections, the seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip has been held by Mr Johnson with a Conservative hold. In the first general election in 2015, the Conservatives won majority with Mr Johnson gaining 22,511 votes (50.2 percent). In 2017, he received 23,176 votes (50.8 percent) and in 2019, 25,351 votes (52.6 percent).

The Hillingdon Herald will keep up to date with any local news.


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